Store Employee Helps Retrieve Stolen Brooch

After receiving a lead from police, a South Carolina jewelry store employee was able to help the cops retrieve a $10,000 stolen brooch this weekend.

Daniel Baumgartner, 26, visited Charleston Gold and Diamond Exchange in Mount Pleasant, S.C., this Saturday, to try to sell the rare brooch. Store employee Brandon Burke immediately identified the jewelry piece as stolen property after receiving a tip from police a day before.

“We received a phone call from the police on Friday notifying us of a stolen brooch,” Burke says. “The police described the piece of jewelry as a snowflake-shaped pin made out of 18k gold with diamonds. That is something you don’t see too often so I immediately identified it when the young man came in the store.”

Police caught Baumgartner after Burke notified them. According to reports, Baumgartner allegedly admitted that he stole the item, valued at around $10,000, from a South Carolina residence. Reports allege that police also found more stolen goods in the suspect’s vehicle. Baumgartner is reportedly free on a $15,000 bond.

“We are just happy that we could help retrieve the stolen item,” Burke says. “Unfortunately theft situations are very common.”